Monthly Archives: August 2016

On the Trail — August 14-15, 1841

Traveling southward on the Bear River, toward the Great Salt Lake: Saturday, 14th. Left the river on account of the hills which obstructed our way on it; found an abundance of choke cherries, many of which were ripe. Road uncommonly … Continue reading

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A Visit to Coloma

Coloma is the site of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, where James Marshall in January 1848 first found flecks of gold in the tailrace of the sawmill he was building for Captain John Sutter. My husband and I took … Continue reading

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On the Trail — August 11-12, 1841

After traveling 6 miles the morning of August 11th, the company halted at the parting of the ways. Father DeSmet and his missionaries, along with their guide Tom Fitzpatrick were going on up into Idaho. Half the the emigrants in … Continue reading

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On the Trail — August 7, 1841

Traveling through the Bear River Valley: Saturday, 7th. This morning we were obliged to make an inland circuit from the river, the bluffs approaching so near the river as to rend it impossible to continue along its banks. We, however, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, John Bidwell.

John Bidwell was born on August 5th, 1819 in Chautauqua County, New York, near the shores of Lake Erie. Today is his 197th birthday. As he noted in his diary in 1898: BIRTHDAY (79th) – Florence had an extra good … Continue reading

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On the Trail — August 4-6, 1841

From John Bidwell’s Journal: Wednesday, 4th. Did not travel. Well, that’s succinct. They had just struggled over a high divide to get from the Green River to the Bear River. They had come to a valley with water and grass … Continue reading

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